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The 7th Annual Conversations with Extraordinary Women event is being held in Danbury Thursday night.  The discussion is hosted by the Women's Business Council of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce.  Gretchen Carlson is headlining the event at the Amber Room. 


Carlson became the face of sexual harassment in the workplace last year and is now promoting having a safe work environment for all women.  She plans to testify before Congress about workplace inequality and the prevalence of forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts that she says often keeps sexual harassment claims shrouded in secrecy.


Carlson created the Gift of Courage Fund this year.  The foundation empowers young girls by helping them build self-esteem and instilling within them the confidence of knowing that they can be anything they to be.  A portion of the proceeds from Thursday's event will be donated to the Fund.


Global keynote speaker Holly Dowling is also participating in the panel event.  She is an expert in strengths-based leadership, change management, and corporate women's empowerment.


The moderator will be Christine Palm, a Communications & Women's Policy Analyst at the CT Commission on Women, Children and Seniors.  She also gives the Commission's Sexual Harassment Awareness & Prevention trainings to state agencies and educational institutions. 

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